Steven is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow dually affiliated with the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland.
As an environmental social scientist Steven’s research focuses on community-based conservation and natural resource management, environmental governance, and the human dimensions of environmental change. Past projects have examined the role of social networks for the management of marine protected areas in Jamaica and the governance dimensions of climate change adaptation in coastal communities.
Currently he is particularly interested in applying novel multi-method and interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the relationship between diverse governance arrangements, managed ecosystems, and natural resource management outcomes.
Steven received his Ph.D. in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo in 2015 where he was affiliated with the Environmental Change and Governance Group. He also holds a M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University – Bozeman. However, it was a B.S. in Geology from St. Lawrence University, a small liberal arts college in northern New York, and a semester abroad in East Africa studying conservation and development that provided the foundation for considering the complexities of human-environment interactions and bridging the natural and social sciences.
Steven is also interested in the science of synthesis and the role of qualitative research and data in social-ecological research. To this end, he is engaged with several initiatives including co-organizing a workshop supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center titled Accelerating Synthesis for Conservation and Sustainability Science through Qualitative Data Sharing.
Awards and achievements:
2017 - Journal / article
Among the most enduring ecological challenges is an integrated theory explaining the latitudinal biodiversity gradient, including discrepancies observed at different spatial scales. Analysis of Reef Life Survey data for 4127 marine species at 2406 coral and rocky sites worldwide confirms that the total ecoregion richness peaks in low latitudes, near +15°N and −15°S. However, although richness at survey sites is maximal near th...